The U-form is a foundational design element in the traditional Haida formline. In this panel Ben Davidson plays with this idea, using a bright red half U-form to create a focal point for the piece. Ben has said he thinks of the panel in the context of an antiquated ethnographical practice where pieces were cut out of old panels and totem poles and then sent to museums as treasures. Our of context, the cut out piece stood on its own as a representation of the larger image. Ben thinks of this panel as though it was a small part of a much larger composition. In doing this he says it allows the viewer to use their imagination and interpret the piece as they like. At first glance the black formline could be suggestive of a killer whale, while the red U-form, split in half, suggests the bigger image.
This panel is carved from one piece of Red Cedar